LeRoy Wold, 82, of Scranton, ND, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018 at his home near Scranton.
Funeral Services for LeRoy will be on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pierce Congregational Church rural Scranton. Pastor Mary Wiggins will officiate with burial to follow in the Cedar Cemetery, rural Scranton.
LeRoy Wold was born March 10, 1936 in Reeder, ND, son of Albert and Jenny Olson Wold. He grew up in Buena Vista township NE of Scranton, and went to Washington School. He was fortunate enough to have lived on his farm for most of his life, as he grew up there with his mom and step-dad John Sipma, Sr. On January 7th, 1967, LeRoy married Doris Cook in New England, ND, after which they lived in Scranton for a few years and then moved out to the farm. They have three daughters, Vicki (born 1968), GayeLynn (born 1970) and Jacky (born 1979). In our teenage years, we always felt that the outside work was what pulled him out of the house. As we got older we realized maybe it wasn’t the work that drew him away, but rather the 4 females that lived within the house.
It is hard to separate the man from the farmer. Farming was his life and right up to this year’s crop he was lucky enough to run his operation his way and harvest his last crop just a few short weeks ago. To him, the most beautiful thing was a good-looking wheat field waving in the wind. He learned a lot about farming and livestock from his very special stepfather, John, as well as neighbors teaching him to be a skilled welder and mechanic. While he didn’t have a piece of paper that said it, he had a great engineering mind and utilized that mind to design and build many solutions for the farm. He and Doris built a great farm that raised a family, made sure the girls received a college education and all along the way ingrained in them good values and work ethic.
In 2000, Doris passed away leaving a huge void in LeRoy’s heart. However, more girls continued to be added to his life. He became grandpa to 3 very special granddaughters, Gabby, Shayne and Quinn.
He was an excellent farmer, always taking great pride in a job well done all while looking for ways to improve his farm and operations. LeRoy was a curious soul and forever studying how things worked (cellular and wireless communication were the latest). While he was frequently annoyed at his daughters for being on their phones, he didn’t hesitate when he wanted to know something to say “Google it” or “What does that smart phone say?” While he was quiet and not much for crowds, he enjoyed conversation, had a very enjoyable sense of humor and a smile that stood out. He was fiercely independent, kind, had a soft spot for animals and lended a hand quietly as needed.
He was proceeded in death by his wife Doris Wold, his parents John and Jenni Sipma Sr. and Albert Wold. Survivors include three daughters, Vicki Wold and Tony Gendron, Austin, TX; GayeLynn and Chris Tunheim, Moorhead, MN; Jacky and Jesse Biel, Fargo ND; 3 granddaughters Gabby Tunheim, Shayne and Quinn Biel and two sisters Margorie Schumacher, Bowman, ND and Jean Foss, Bismarck and nieces and nephews
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services of Bowman in charge of the funeral arrangements.